Nigerian terrorist moved after attempted jailbreak

Correctional Services has moved Henry Okah after he tried to break out of jail.

Convicted Nigerian terrorist Henry Okah. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Correctional Services Department says it was within its rights to move convicted Nigerian terror mastermind Henry Okah to a maximum security facility after he tried to break out of jail.

Okah is serving a 24-year-sentence in South Africa for the 2010 Independence Day bombings in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city.

The department's Manelisi Wolela says Okah and other inmates first tried to break out of Leeuwkop Prison in February.

"In terms of the evidence we got, there were five prisoners involved in this thing and its alleged Henry Okah was one of them. We instituted an investigation flowing from that."

In November last year Okah was granted leave to appeal against the High Court's decision to convict him of crimes committed outside the country.